EC meets today to decide Polls date
By Methmalie Dissanayake
The Election Commission (EC) is meeting today (3), to set a date to hold the General Election 2020, Chairman of the EC, Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday (2).
Deshapriya made this remark, after the Supreme Court decided to dismiss seven Fundamental Rights (FR) Petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament and holding of the General Elections on 20 June.
He said that, to set the Election date, a meeting should be held with the participation of all three members of the EC. Since, only he and Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole were present in the EC premises yesterday (2), the meeting has to be held today (3) once EC member Nalin Abeysekara, PC is also present, Deshapriya added.
The EC, making submissions when the FR petitions were taken up before the five-Judge Bench on 20 May, informed the Supreme Court that it was practically impossible to hold a General Election on 20 June, given the current situation in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
It would take 70 days (10 weeks) to hold the Election after health authorities including the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, declared conditions are safe, the EC said in their submissions.